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We are guilty and He is innocent

good-friday“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” — Isaiah 53:5 KJV

Wounded for me, wounded for me,
There on the cross He was wounded for me;
Gone my transgressions, and now I am free,
All because Jesus was wounded for me. 
—Ovens

What a concept – that one who is innocent would take the punishment for the one who is guilty! Unheard of, unless you are God – the Son of God – the Lamb of God.

If you have watched the Passion of the Christ you see that the Jewish leaders pushed for the death of the one who claimed to be “King of the Jews” because of their stubborn hearts that would not believe that He was the Messiah – the movie is powerful but leaves the audience feeling like – if it wasn’t for those Jewish leaders, Christ would have never had to go to the cross – that is not why Christ went to the cross.

It was God’s plan. It was foretold. It wasn’t a mistake. God gave His only Son: “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17

“Jesus was given to you, and with the help of lawless people, you put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But this was God’s plan which he had made long ago; he knew this would happen. God raised Jesus from the dead and set him free from the pain of death, because death could not hold him.” — Acts 2:23-24

“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” — John 10:17, 18

The Lord Jesus Christ was innocent, spotless, had never sinned and because of His love for us, He suffered, shed His blood to cover our sins. He willing laid down His life for us, to save us from the penalty of our sins. He was innocent – we were the guilty ones.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” — Ephesians 1:7

Oswald Chambers – My Utmost For His Highest

“The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came. — the greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That is the final word in the redemption of humankind.

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When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

  — Isaac Watts

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Posted by on April 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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As Far as Sunrise is From Sunset

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“God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. As parents feel for their children, GOD feels for those who fear him.”

Psalm 103:8-13  –The Message

God is merciful!

“We learn to trust God because God treats us in a loving, accepting, trusting way before we were lovable, acceptable or trustworthy.” (paraphrase-Eugene Peterson)

The King James version says it this way:

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”

God’s mercy is vast, boundless and immeasurable…“as high as heaven is over the earth,” “so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” God wants to pour out His love and mercy on His children, “As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him.” 

Mercy: blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor

When we repent and turn from our sins and turn to Christ, believing that He is the only one who can truly save us, God’s only Son, God’s perfect sacrifice for our sins —we are forgiven. When we are forgiven that doesn’t only mean that it’s all okay, it means that the slate has been wiped clean! God takes that sin and removes it and separates you from it. ” And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.”

The Creator of the universe, the Almighty God, so desires a relationship with us that He provided a way for us to have fellowship with Him, by faith in Christ. How awesome it is to know that He mercifully forgives our sins and then removes them from us…as far as the east is from the west!

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Posted by on January 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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